DENVER -- Veteran winger Andrew Brunette made a surprise appearance on the ice for the Blackhawks morning skate Tuesday at the Pepsi Center. And, there's a chance he'll play against the Colorado Avalanche.
Brunette, one of the most durable players in the NHL, left last Thursday's loss against the Edmonton Oilers with an upper-body injury and missed his first game this season a day later against the Calgary Flames.
Officially, he's a game-time decision for the game Tuesday against the Avalanche. He and coach Joel Quenneville will decide after pre-game warmups.
"It was just some bumps and bruises you go through the whole season, some wear and tear that kept me out," Brunette said. "It was a little frustrating, but I'm starting to feel better every day here."
There were concerns that Brunette may miss multiple games with his injury. But it turned out it wasn't serious after getting closely examined by team doctors in Chicago after the first leg of the Hawks' nine-game road trip.
"Yeah," Brunette said. "Again, it's something we all go through. It's getting better and that's the important thing. It got better real quick. I'm hoping to play either [Tuesday night] or further down the stretch here."
Brunette, 38, has only missed four games since the 2001-02 season. He has nine goals, 19 points and a minus-8 rating in 52 games this season.